They’re made to be ridden fast... very fast.
You know what I love about the USA Deus Ex Machina's motorcycle builds? They’re made to be ridden fast... very fast. Whether it be a Thumper, Harley-Davidson Sportster or Kawasaki W, all of Deus Ex Machina's chief builder, Michael “Woolie” Woolaway’s bikes are designed to be thrashed on. Riding on one wheel or leaned over on a canyon curve, his bikes aren’t just fast in a straight line--no fat tires or stretched swing arms at Woolie’s place. Their latest build is a first for them, a Ducati nicknamed The Dreamliner.
The masterpiece of the build other than the handmade aluminum bodywork would have to be the custom chrome moly frame. Woolie mimicked the geometry of a Ducati 916RS, with a 24-degree neck, 56-inch wheel base and adjustable swing-arm. I’ve built a few motorcycles before, but there's a reason Woolie gets paid and I only do it in my oil-stained driveway.
Ditching the famous Ducati Trellis design, the frame houses a freshly rebuilt 750cc, two-valve Ducati Monster engine, topped off with Cone Engineering exhaust and Keihin FCR racing carburetors with pop-on K&N air filters.
One area of extreme scrutiny from Woolie are the tires he uses on his bikes, sometimes replacing the rubber several times until he's satisfied. The Dreamliner wears tubeless Michelin Pilots on 17-inch spoke wheels, think racing slicks with DOT approval.
Braking comes from full-floating Kosman Specialties rotors and Brembo brake calipers.
That beautiful gold front end is thanks to re-valved Ohlins forks by Ed Sorbo at Lindemann Engineering. The rear shock was done by Jim Wood at RaceTech. The suspension was calibrated to the owner’s weight.